RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order on Friday extending North Carolina’s COVID-19 state of emergency until July 30th.
Cooper says although North Carolina is seeing far fewer new cases of the virus, there is still work to be done and vaccines to be given out.
“We are seeing tremendous improvement with fewer cases, hospitalizations, deaths and safety restrictions, but this is no time to hang up a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner in our fight against the pandemic,” says Gov. Cooper. “We are laser focused on getting more shots in arms, boosting our economy and protecting unvaccinated people from the virus and this Executive Order is essential for those efforts.”
Cooper says under the state of emergency, North Carolina has easier access to federal funding including FEMA Public Assistance reimbursements, and it provides schools uniform safety guidance under the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit.
The state of emergency allows the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to authorize more individuals to give out vaccines and COVID-19 tests. Officials say the extension will also allow the Department to continue offering expanded access to healthcare, Medicaid services, and food/nutrition programs.
Cooper says North Carolina will also extend other pandemic response measures including state evictions prohibitions, face mask requirements in certain settings, and unemployment insurance flexibility.
Cooper and state health officials say they will continue to monitor North Carolina’s trends, and plan to continue lifting restrictions as more people get vaccinated.
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